To Local 8th-Grader, Awards Are Music to Her Ears

Sydney Wang

Fourteen-year-old Sydney Wang, an 8th-grader at La Cañada High School, is an aspiring composer studying with professor Ian Krouse of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Her works have won top prizes in national and international competitions for young composers, including the Robert Avalon International Competition for her piano solo composition and the 65th annual BMI Student Composer award for her symphonic work “Tales From the Sea.” Her orchestral work “Moonlit River” was recently performed by the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to music compositions, Wang studies piano with Mina Perry and has won many awards in piano competitions in Southern California, including Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition, Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition, CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition and Glendale Piano Competition. She plays piano in the chamber program of the Colburn School and her piano trio group was featured in Sundays Live at LACMA (L.A. County Museum of Art). Wang is also the assistant principal cellist in the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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